HAYWARD, Calif. — Police say a man tried to light several diners including a small child on fire at a Denny’s restaurant in Northern California.

Hayward police Sgt. Ruben Pola says the 43-year-old man had been eating breakfast when he took out a small container of flammable liquid on Thursday and sprayed it on several people near the restaurant’s entrance.

He sprayed a line of the fluid from the customers to the door and tried to set that aflame.

But employees and patrons grabbed him before he could ignite it.

He broke free but police caught him soon after.

Police have found no connection between the man and the Denny’s or any of the people there.

Pola says the man, whose name has not been released, is on a psychiatric hold, but police will seek attempted murder and attempted arson charges.

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